Vitality undefeated so far in Los Angeles, rest of group stage wide open

With the latter half of day one at cs_summit 4 over, Vitality are now on top of the board, with the rest of the group stage still wide open as everyone apart from Ghost have at least one win to their name.

After clinching a 2-0 record over Ghost at the beginning of the day, Vitality took on NRG in their second set of matches, with the first map, Nuke, looking tightly contested from the start as neither side were able to gain a clear advantage. A 7-8 offensive half wasn't enough for the Frenchmen to finish off the North American side in regulation, but a key performance from Nathan "⁠NBK-⁠" Schmitt saw Vitality secure the win after double overtime.

Inferno followed and that was a clear-cut affair, as this time powered by Alex "⁠ALEX⁠" McMeekin's strong showing on the defense, the French squad secured a comfortable 10-5 half. NRG couldn't find their footing when they got to the CT side, as Vitality quickly reached match point and emerged victorious at 16-7 to take the lead in the group stage.

Strong play from the leading figures, NBK- and ALEX, against NRG saw Vitality end day one with a 4-0 record

Renegades, who are playing the tournament with Owen "⁠smooya⁠" Butterfield once again standing in for Sean "⁠Gratisfaction⁠" Kaiwai, took the stage next to finish off day one with four matches in a row, first taking on one of the event's favorites, ENCE.

The Finns looked in the driving seat at the beginning of Train, grabbing a 10-5 half on the less-favored T side. Surprisingly, Renegades put together an even more impressive offense, with a 7-0 streak at the beginning of the second half giving them the necessary edge to finish off the first map in close fashion at 16-14.

The second map, Mirage, saw the two sides go blow for blow early on, with ENCE taking the one-round lead on the back of their defense, with Aleksi "⁠allu⁠" Jalli and Jere "⁠sergej⁠" Salo eventually leading them to a 16-12 win, much thanks to a half-buy triumph in the fifth round of the second half.

Despite fielding a stand-in, Renegades have taken a win off ENCE, before falling 0-2 to NRG

The Australian team moved on to face NRG next. Once again playing Mirage, Aaron "⁠AZR⁠" Ward's team found themselves up against the wall when the Terrorist side didn't go their way despite a good start. Damian "⁠daps⁠" Steele & co. managed to turn the double-digit scoreline in the first half into their first victory at the Summit, with Renegades still giving them a scare equalizing the map at 13-13.

This time around, Train wasn't successful for Renegades, either. Although the two teams were at one point tied at 5-5, NRG pulled away with a 10-5 half on the offense and, unlike ENCE, didn't let their opponents come back with a swift 16-8 victory.

After day one of the round-robin group stage, the standings currently look as follows, with Ghost being the only team without a win to their name:

France Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Nathan 'NBK-' Schmitt
Age:
26
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.03
Maps played:
1824
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.67
APR:
0.15
United Kingdom Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Owen 'smooya' Butterfield
Age:
21
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.16
Maps played:
561
KPR:
0.78
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.10
Canada Damian 'daps' Steele
Damian 'daps' Steele
Age:
27
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
0.87
Maps played:
1023
KPR:
0.58
DPR:
0.66
APR:
0.15
Finland Jere 'sergej' Salo
Jere 'sergej' Salo
Age:
18
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.09
Maps played:
658
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.14
Australia Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Aaron 'AZR' Ward
Age:
27
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
959
KPR:
0.69
DPR:
0.69
APR:
0.13
New Zealand Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Sean 'Gratisfaction' Kaiwai
Age:
24
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.06
Maps played:
763
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.62
APR:
0.12
Finland Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Aleksi 'allu' Jalli
Age:
28
Team:
Rating 1.0:
1.10
Maps played:
1519
KPR:
0.74
DPR:
0.64
APR:
0.11
United Kingdom Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Alex 'ALEX' McMeekin
Age:
24
Team:
No team
Rating 1.0:
1.00
Maps played:
955
KPR:
0.70
DPR:
0.71
APR:
0.13
Ez for NBK the best igl
2019-05-24 08:02
Actually he's not IGL right now
2019-05-24 09:08
I thought Alex was only taking igl on t side?
2019-05-24 09:17
Ez 4 Vitality
2019-05-24 09:46
#51
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Norway NosTheBoss
Lé Tank
2019-05-24 13:16
Tank Lē
2019-05-24 13:33
Lé Tank
2019-05-24 15:39
He is igl Alex is helping him on t side with calling
2019-05-24 09:20
He is the Main IGL , ALEX is the IGL on T-Side , btw i see that the Alex's IGL is very very good on T side
2019-05-24 09:32
Actually alex is since a month
2019-05-24 14:17
NBK is the IGL on CT-SIDE , ALEX ON T-SIDE
2019-05-24 14:33
Igls not really call at ct just fews things lmao so alex is the guy who get support from nbk
2019-05-24 16:22
it's setups , calls of retake etc..
2019-05-24 16:54
This is what made ldlc's prime last year
2019-05-24 20:13
Il n'a pas assez d'experience pour qu'il puisse faire du IGL (idk how to say it grammatically correctly eksdi)
2019-05-24 18:13
siht
2019-05-24 08:02
V.
2019-05-24 08:04
#4
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France DobliiX
NBKING RAPEX THE TANK ZYNEDINE ZYWOO AND GOD ALEX LETS GO Vitality
2019-05-24 08:05
#6
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France SpooceCooke
ALEX??? MORE LIKE ALULX
2019-05-24 08:10
+1
2019-05-24 09:11
#26
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France Alpha7a2
"fan of G2" AHAHAHAHAHAH
2019-05-24 09:46
It is joke, I am happy they won all their matches... Expected from VITALULTY fan
2019-05-24 09:59
#35
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France Alpha7a2
still "fan of G2" AHAHAHAHAHAH
2019-05-24 11:30
He likes g2, you like to troll, everybody likes something. Still you sound kinda dumb.
2019-05-24 11:50
And I like my little sister UwU
2019-05-24 13:15
And you’re a fucking weirdo for even saying that
2019-05-24 14:31
#76
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France Alpha7a2
LUL u mad cuz u like G2, newfag cry about troll in hltv
2019-05-24 18:33
please go on, you're quite entertaining <3
2019-05-25 17:04
Paskaa
2019-05-24 08:09
#7
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Australia Chereska
Pretty tight competition going on
2019-05-24 08:11
Well they haven't played Ence or Liquid yet so lets hold our horses here
2019-05-24 08:16
#12
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France Azowel
they won against NRG NRG = t1
2019-05-24 08:20
The only tier 1 teams are Astralis, Liquid, and ENCE.
2019-05-24 08:25
#16
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France Azowel
no t1 = top 8 top team = top 3
2019-05-24 08:30
Lol it's not because u enter the top 8 that you're t1 , beating Na'Vi means nothing , beating Liquid means something
2019-05-24 09:33
#24
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France Azowel
No beating Liquid only once means nothing too. Btw, why did you support Vitality ? I remember you chosed G2 instead of Vitality because they lost against VP. You don't deserve to show this icon.
2019-05-24 09:38
"lost against vp" , GOT ABSOLUTELY DOMINATED by VP. And were in a losses series. Btw i removed that for only 12 hours.
2019-05-24 12:17
#70
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France Azowel
loss series ? do you really know what means this ? prnt.sc/nsun0k they lost 16-10 is it a domination ? You didn't only removed Vitality icon even if it was during 12 hours. You trashtalked Vitality through a topic, it's a shame for a fan.
2019-05-24 16:08
Zywho de_stroyed liquid sadly.
2019-05-24 21:15
Yeah well that sucked
2019-05-24 22:09
#9
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Vietnam tat96
EN♿E xaxaxa
2019-05-24 08:16
#10
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France Azowel
Vitality haters ? where are u ? "zywoolity" ? sure ? look at match stats Vitality underrated :)
2019-05-24 08:19
Ez4vita
2019-05-24 08:25
#40
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Switzerland RU!N
+1
2019-05-24 12:28
#11
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France Uexo
Nice ! #VforVictory
2019-05-24 08:19
They should’ve lost a couple of those but they managed to fight back every time.
2019-05-24 08:24
No player stats?
2019-05-24 08:54
#28
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France cedd
the comebacks they did today were really fun to watch. good shit
2019-05-24 10:10
#32
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United Kingdom Crypt1cSV
Yes vary good heart attacks for me men
2019-05-24 11:04
Can someone explain to me the map pick system? 3 picks, 2 bans..?
2019-05-24 10:44
#33
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France kirua123
Veto Map selection for group stage matches will be determined by a blind veto. - teams submit their top 3 preferred maps (ranked in order) and 2 map vetoes for each of their group stage matches - the two map vetoes will remove up to two maps from their opponent's selection of 3
2019-05-24 11:17
And if they ban 2 of 3 that aren't on the pick's veto what happen ?
2019-05-24 12:18
Thanks kirua123 I guess it's a random draw with the submitted map that aren't banned. If two of the three picks are vetoed then it's an obvious choice, if there is more than two maps available, they random pick one. I think that works like that in MDL
2019-05-24 12:37
It's not random, you choose your order of preference 1 to 3. So if they ban no maps of your picks, it's map N°1
2019-05-24 13:28
#66
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France kirua123
This blind selection is a realy interresting system. Team had to be prepare for a larger mappool. For a bo2 you need to be prepared for 5 maps.
2019-05-24 15:08
Yeah it's kinda cool !
2019-05-24 15:26
#41
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Switzerland RU!N
Cmon vita
2019-05-24 12:29
Vitality aka superteam aka french powerhouse ERA
2019-05-24 13:53
well played
2019-05-24 14:29
#65
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Finland Mirfic
cmon we can win this vitality
2019-05-24 14:34
Alex is a god this vitality team has a big potential
2019-05-24 15:56
#72
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Europe Tsukisaki
Vitality streak ends tonight !
2019-05-24 16:52
#78
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Europe PowwneD
Lol nt
2019-05-24 20:14
#83
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Europe Tsukisaki
Didnt see that coming! But was fucking nice cs!
2019-05-24 21:17
#85
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Europe PowwneD
Underrated team, they gone 4-0 without a shinning ZywOo whereas he just single handly destroyed them tonight
2019-05-24 22:23
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